Student Program

Be Part of Something Unique!

The Digital Tech Academy is our new program open only to outstanding digital talents from all FAU degree programs and faculties! We impart all you need to follow your heart and passion for digitization, entrepreneurship and innovation. Work in interdisciplinary teams, get in touch with expert coaches and mentors, develop your own pristine and validated business model and get integrated in our Fellows and start-up network.

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What are the benefits of the Student Program?

Within a 12 weeks Sprint, you will learn the newest state-of-the-art innovation methods and work in interdisciplinary teams on your entrepreneurial challenge. Choose either your own start-up idea or one of the highly enticing projects from your participants colleagues.
You´ll work with 25 other handpicked talents from FAU as well as participants from our partner companies and our international expert coaches and mentors – a unique chance to widen your professional network globally. There is no place you can´t learn something for your start-up!

All these skills and networks we provide will distinguish you significantly from other founders and entrepreneurs in your later work-life. And at the end of that Sprint, you´ll have developed your own pristine and validated business model empowering you to enter your chosen market.

Upon successfull completion of the program, each participant will also receive an official certificate by FAU at the end of the program. Besides, some participants will get a highly exclusive grant to visit one of the top universities worldwide to work on the international perspective of his or her project.


  • “I applied for the FAU Digital Tech Fellows Program to practically learn and experience how to build a start-up, not in theory.”
    Martin Kaller – Team Roadius

  • “From our kickoff weekend, to the first prototype, and the final pitch — the DTF program was an awesome journey. The only way to learn more about how to start up, is to start up.”
    Stefan Seegerer – Team Talos

  • “I was amazed by how many things we tried and learned by just getting started and validating over and over again but also failing at some point but then getting back up really improves your process and your personal learnings”
    Lucia Grom-Baumgarten – Team Augmented World Experience


  • “The FAU Digital Tech Academy is at the core of FAU‘s strategy. It connects students, entrepreneurs and innovators across all our faculties and contributes to FAU as the No. 1 Innovator in Germany.”
    Prof. Dr. Katrin Möslein – Vice President Outreach Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg


  • “In the FAU Digital Tech Fellows Program you get to know a lot of like-minded people and spend a whole year working alongside them on start-up projects. Essentially, the FAU Digital Tech Fellows Program brought me together with my co-founder Stefan and gave us a roadmap for structuring our start-up journey!”
    Anatoli Kalysch – Team Talos

What are the projects and objectives?

As mentioned, you can work either on your own start-up idea, or on a project from our company partners with their participants – after the 12 weeks program you will have:
+ a validated Business Model
+ a validated Market Potential
+ a validated Financial Plan
+ defined / work in progress prototypes

What happens during this 12 weeks Sprint?

You will successfully complete many workshops which are organized as Block-Seminars on Fridays / Saturdays to make it easier for you to participate along your regular curriculum.
You get guided through the end-to-end Business Design  process by learning each step of it by the following program:

+ Kick off with project partners, team formation & challenge assignment
+ Discover -> Become an expert
+ Design -> Create your business model, story video and landing page
+ Prototyping -> Define your required prototypes and start with its development
+ Validate -> Challenge the future scenario and plan your financial requirements
+ Review -> Reflect the executed experiments and the voices of your test partners
+ Decide -> Decide upon your final product design
-> Final Demo Day: Present your product and pivot or proceed

In addition to the program we provide several digitization enabler too.
+ Workshops, Hackathons, Events: Learn how to bring hardware/product together with software and what value add is created for the customers.
+ Franken Finance Festival: Learn what possibilities you have to get your start-up financed and setup the contacts you need into the world of investors.

How do I register?

The next Batch 7 Fellows program will be held at the summer semester 2021 from April until July 2021. The application period will be open from November 2020 until February 2021. If you want to stay tuned then register for our newsletter at the bottom of the page or just send us an e-mail if you want us to notify you when the new application round starts

Batch 6 Dates & Events 2nd Iteration

Friday, 16. October 2020 / 9:00 – 17:00 Kick-off 2nd Iteration & Market Opportunity Navigator Location to be announced
Friday, 23. October – Sunday, 25. October 2020 Winter School Design WS & Financial Planning Location to be announced
Thursday, 5. November 2020 Sports Location to be announced
Friday, 13. November 2020 Validate WS Location to be announced
Friday, 27. November 2020 Review WS & Market Entry Planning Location to be announced
Monday, 7. December 2020 Presentation Test Location to be announced
Friday, 11. December 2020 Decide WS / Final Demo Day Location to be announced

Batch 7 Dates & Events

Nov 2020 – Feb 2021 Application period Stud on
Friday, 16. April 2021 / 9:00 – 17:00 Kick-off, Get to Know & Challenge Pitches d.hip, Henkestraße 127, 91052 Erlangen
Saturyday, 17. April 2021 / 9:00 – 17:00 Team Building & Project Charter d.hip, Henkestraße 127, 91052 Erlangen
Sunday, 18. April 2021 / 9:00 – 17:00 Discover WS d.hip, Henkestraße 127, 91052 Erlangen
Monday, 26. April 2021 / 17:00 – 21:00 Eco System WS & Interview Techniques InnoLab, Erlangen
Friday, 7. – 9. May 2021 Design WS Fraunhofer Campus, Waischenfeld
Friday, 21. May 2021 9:00 – 17:00 Validate WS Josehs Innvoationslabor, Nürnberg
Tuesday, 8. Juni 2021 17:00 – 20:00 Financial Planning Zoom Online Meeting
Monday, 14. Juni 2021 17:00 – 20:00 Pitching WS Zollhof Tech Incubator, Nürnberg
Friday, 18. Juni 2021 9:00 – 17:00 Review WS Zollhof Tech Incubator, Nürnberg
Monday, 21. Juni 2021 9:00 – 17:00 Prototyping WS, Raspberry Pi & Android Development InnoLab, Erlangen
Monday, 28. Juni 2021 9:00 – 17:00 Presentation Test I Medical Valley Center, Henkestraße 91, 91052 Erlangen
Monday, 5. July 2021 9:00 – 17:00 Presentation Test II Medical Valley Center, Henkestraße 91, 91052 Erlangen
Monday, 9. July 2021 9:00 – 17:00 Final Demo Day d.hip, Henkestraße 127, 91052 Erlangen
Tuesday, 20. July 2021 9:00 – 17:00 Executive Meetup & Business Design Implmentation tbd

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